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Comment Oh FFS (Score 1) 217

All this fuss over the FCC, FTC, and Net neutrality is stupid

Yeah, the public keeps electing the rich people the parties put in front of them to public office, and acting surprised when these same people keep making law that favors the rich, and keep selecting agency officials that favor the rich, and keep further enriching themselves through the system.

So, yeah, it's stupid. Because the voters are stupid. It's been this way since I've been paying attention (the 1960's, and likely long before that.)

This isn't getting fixed by saying "FCC, FTC, and Net neutrality is stupid", though.

Simply eliminate all local monopolies on internet access and you will see all manner of companies jumping into the fray.

Sigh. No, it's not getting fixed by that, either, even if we could do what you say, which we can't, first because we don't make the laws, and second, because we are, as we have demonstrated repeatedly and consistently, utterly unable to get worthy individuals elected who will actually represent the people for public office.

Comment Turn red when drinking? Read: (Score 1) 145

Acetaldehyde is the primary hangover poison. But that's a key you can pay attention to. If your not feeling sick in the morning, your not exceeding your livers capacity to metabolize acetaldehyde, at least not by much.

From TFS:

The study builds on previous work that had pinpointed a breakdown product of alcohol, called acetaldehyde, as a toxin that can damage the DNA within cells.

Those who turn red in the face after drinking (Asians often have a genetic issue that causes this, btw) should pay particular attention to this symptom; the reason for the red face is an acetaldehyde dehydrogenase deficiency, which results in an accumulation of acetaldehyde, which in turn has been associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer.



New Year's Resolutions For Linux Admins: Automate More, Learn New Languages (networkworld.com) 139

An anonymous reader writes: A long-time Unix sys-admin is suggesting 18 different New Year's resolutions for Linux systems adminstrators. And #1 is to automate more of your boring stuff. "There are several good reasons to turn tedious tasks into scripts. The first is to make them less annoying. The second is to make them less error-prone. And the last is to make them easier to turn over to new team members who haven't been around long enough to be bored. Add a small dose of meaningful comments to your scripts and you have a better chance of passing on some of your wisdom about how things should be done."

Along with that, they suggest learning a new scripting language. "It's easy to keep using the same tools you've been using for decades (I should know), but you might have more fun and more relevance in the long run if you teach yourself a new scripting language. If you've got bash and Perl down pat, consider adding Python or Ruby or some other new language to your mix of skills."

Other suggestions include trying a new distro -- many of which can now be run in "live mode" on a USB drive -- and investigating the security procedures of cloud services (described in the article as "trusting an outside organization with our data").

"And don't forget... There are now only 20 years until 2038 -- The Unix/Linux clockpocalypse."

Comment Um. No. (Score 1) 254

Other phones definitely DO shut down suddenly.

You're not getting my point. I'm sure it's my fault for not being clear. I wasn't saying it wasn't possible to design such a lousy power supply that a phone would not collapse under load, or that there weren't such badly/cheaply designed phones out there; On the contrary, I was saying there are phones out there that don't do this, so this unequivocally demonstrates the opposite (to the non-engineers... we engineering types already know very well it's possible to make sure adequate power is available if the battery isn't on its very last legs): It's 100% possible to design and emplace a power supply that won't collapse under load when the battery is not fully charged.

Bottom line: either the iPhone would collapse and required this slowdown, in which case Apple put an under-par power supply in their very-expensive-phone and tried to hide it, or it's propaganda to cover up the fact that they were trying to drive customers to a new phone, or it is both.

Comment Apple: Caught red-handed. AGAIN. (Score 5, Insightful) 254

It's about intent.

It certainly is.

It looks like either they did a really poor job of power supply design (other phones don't "suddenly shut down" and they don't have this "feature"), or that they're just throttling for the obvious reason: they want you to buy a new phone.

As for their protest, quoted verbatim here from their letter:

First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.

...this is utter bullshit. They constantly stop allowing their OS upgrades to run on hardware that is perfectly capable of running those upgrades. They've been caught at this multiple times. My 3 GHz, 12/24 core, 64 GB Mac Pro "can't" be upgraded to MacOS 10.13, so says Apple. But in fact, if you flash the bios to say that it's a machine made one year later, it'll upgrade perfectly. And why shouldn't it? It's little, if any, different than that machine. Even if it was slightly different (other than the date flashed into the hardware), this is a company with many, many billions of dollars in the bank that made a decision to obsolete this hardware for only one reason: So that it would go long in the tooth before its time and put buying pressure on the owner. There's no other possible reason.

They threw the PPC emulation out the window for just as little reason (no, probably less.) They let all those user's software suddenly go obsolete for a reason that boils down to "weren't going to pay for the emulation any longer", again, when they had tons of cash to maintain the tech and users had tons of PPC software. I still support PPC software running on (very) old machines, specifically because there is no reasonable in-OS upgrade path that lets that stuff keep running. The irony is that the massive power of the machines we have now would make those apps run very well indeed — and we know Apple did this as a choice, not a need.

I have more examples. From apps they took out of the store because they had integrated the tech into a new phone, thereby removing the possibility of users of an older phone having the tech unless they upgraded — to severe bugs they leave mouldering in old versions of the OS while not allowing upgrades to the new version of the OS, Apple is a known serial offender of the "let's pressure the customer."

Apple is lying here. Flat-out lying. And caught at it.

Comment Tons o'Courage (Score 1) 133

They throttled the headphone jack too. And they throttled the icons until they were flat and ugly as lack of sin. And they throttled the very idea of storage cards and replaceable batteries. And you know, since they didn't give anyone FM radio anyway, losing that headphone jack wasn't quite the blow it would have otherwise been. Because they'd already landed on us once.

And with the mac, they turned the Mac Pro into trash. Er, can. And they lamed up the mini.

They have a lot of courage. Respeeeec.

That's why I have a Samsumg S7. With a headphone jack. And a memory card. and FM radio.

Although they did follow Apple most ill-advisedly down the frustrated interior designer rabbit-hole with the flat icons, sigh. On the plus side, I was allowed to replace the desk(phone)top manager and I no longer care what they did to the icons, since I'm not using most of them any longer anyway.

You can have too much courage, that's my take.

Comment Re: Editor, You mixed the links (Score 1) 460

Oh cut the bullshit, eating soybeans does not make anyone "weak and effeminate." The number of ridiculous logical leaps in your argument renders it completely unscientific. Just because soybeans have some estrogen-like compounds in them does not mean they have enough to produce any real effect. But more importantly, you are flat out wrong about the effects of estrogen, which is produced in men's bodies as well as women's. Just read any recent bodybuilding publication to see them crowing about how much estrogen can do just the opposite, and help men build muscle mass.

Comment Yeah, but... (Score 2) 193

The problem isn't just the mouse. Not the movie theater's problem, anyway.

The problem with movie theaters is the onslaught of ads, the uncomfortable jammed-in seating, the stunningly overpriced snackage and tickets, and the lack of great new movies in favor of Yet Another Retread Idea.

Some of this comes from outside pressure: the constant devaluation of currency and increases in taxation, demands for more and more income from the movie producers, the conversion of the stock market into a "must increase profitability" hammer.

Or in other words, pretty much on every front, greed.

Comment bah (Score 1) 99

For the first two decades of life in this country, reading *is* a chore.

Wasn't a chore for me at all. It was like a bright light shining on the mysteries of the world for non-fiction, and an infinite stage for fiction, one far superior to the movies or television. Your experience was apparently different. And no, I still don't understand it.

Books are easily obtainable. Libraries are everywhere, including in most schools. Schools put them right in front of student's faces in classes. They're chock full of information and entertainment.

If that doesn't appeal, okay, but still, it's just a bunch of WTF to me.

Comment yep (Score 1) 99

Since when is 80 books a year a "super reader"?

That's how it strikes me as well. I read about three books a week; and I feel like I'm slacking. When I was younger (as in, about 40 years ago when I was 20 or so) I easily read one a day. Lately, that's rare. I'm re-reading David Wingrove's Chung Kuo now, and those are going more-or-less at about 2/days per volume, barring interruptions like Festivus and Saturnalia. :)

But my life is much more demanding now. I just don't have the time to read like I did when I was a young man. I would like to have the time, but it's just not in the cards. People depend on me — what I want as compared to what I must do have diverged a bit.

I do know some folks who, according to them, "don't read books." They do speak of it as if it's some kind of chore. I don't understand why, but honestly... I don't think I want to understand why.

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